Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Living the Victorian Life

It has been a crazy yet blessed few weeks which have obviously distracted me from blogging!
I have missed visiting all of my blog friends and I hope to do so soon (I think I have an opening on the calendar in early January☺).
Until then please visit my other blogspot:

Blessings to my dear blog land friends,


Monday, October 14, 2013

Living the Victorian Life-Antique Clocks

I love the rhythmic sound of an antique clock as it ticks away the hours.
Please visit my other blog for more on these beautiful time keepers:

Thursday, October 3, 2013

1880s Dress

I finished another 1880s gown which I wore to a special event this evening.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Living the Victorian Life-Brewing Tea

I would like to invite all of you to visit my other BlogSpot where you will learn how to brew and/or decaf the perfect pot of tea:).
Bring your tea cup!


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Living the Victorian Life

In a world so fast paced and hectic it's nice to slow down and enjoy the simpler things.
Start with a great blend of tea...
 roses from the garden...
 and there you have it.
A relaxing Sunday afternoon with the beauty of God's earth and a steaming cup of tea:).

BTW, the delectable chocolate and coconut  tea, Soho Blend, from Harney and Sons teas can be purchased at:

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Autumn Decorating

With the early signs of autumn outside I decided to add a few fall touches inside.
Have a blessed week!!!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Autumn Splendor!

Although Autumn does not officially begin until later this month,
Labor Day seems to be the welcoming weekend for all things autumn.
Soon the air will be crisp as cooler temperatures replace the sweltering summer heat.
Pumpkins, candy corn, and hot cider bring the season to life.

Happy Labor Day!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Passion for Parasols!

I have a passion for parasols!
These handy contraptions were an integral part of Victorian and Edwardian ladies wardrobes.
Women of the past avoided extended time in the sun to preserve their delicate complexions.
The parasol protected porcelain skin from damage should a woman have to spend time in the outdoors.
This copper colored silk parasol (c. 1870s) has a new cover of lace.
Two black silk folding parasols, c.1860s.
The one to the left is a carriage parasol.
 Folding parasol extended.
 Carriage parasol (the silk is rather frayed) open.
 A carriage parasol can fold flat at the top to be used while in a carriage.
Kramer decided to check it out:).
 Close up of folding handle.
 Just slide the brass piece over the joint and, voila, the handle is held at full length.
 Silk parasol with lace trim and wood handle, late 19th century.
 Small muslin parasol with fancy handle (probably c. 1870s).
A lace doily covers the muslin.
 Close-up of handle.
 White work trim on a large parasol probably early 20th century.
 Size difference between the three parasols.
 Lace parasol, c. 1870s.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

White Work

White work has been around for centuries.
"The most basic definition of Whitework embroidery is embroidery of a single
color, typically matching that of the base canvas, where design and skill is
defined, primarily, by texture. The effect is low-key, representing a purity and
demanding close scrutiny to experience
its beauty. It is this demand for detail that
requires the highest skills of the needle
Below are some vintage examples.

This past weekend I was blessed to learn this beautiful art form from Lynn Bristow at our annual PSRS workshop.
Below is the hankie I completed during the workshop.

 A pair of under sleeves that I am embellishing.
White work is rather simple yet creates a simplistic elegance that would add beauty to any home:).